Cisco announced a new Desktop as a Service (DaaS) offering that's based on the company's Desktop Virtualization Solution. Now cloud providers can offer customers a Cisco powered virtual desktop subscription service. In turn, these providers receive operational capabilities such as management tools, licensing components and the ability to deliver desktops to multiple customers from one platform.
According to the company, business customers will have the ability to build their own on-premise desktop virtualization solutions. If that's not ideal, customers can instead buy a cloud-based, as-a-service solution, with Cisco powered performance, scalability, and security.
"The Cisco DaaS solution is based on the performance advantages and simplified management provided by Cisco Unified Computing System and the Cisco Unified Data Center architecture," reads the company's announcement. "Cisco solutions are designed to ensure a highly secure and consistent user experiences on any device, anytime and anywhere."
To reinforce the platform, Cisco has improved its underlying desktop virtualization solution with support for end user applications that require high-quality rendering of immersive, 3D graphics. The company also improved the density of hosted virtual desktops offering up to 252 virtual desktops on a single UCS blade server. New UCS Solution Accelerator Packs for Desktop Virtualization are also included, providing simplified ordering.
"DaaS offers a huge opportunity for service providers to bring value-added services to their customers that enhance the DaaS experience and move a lot of the administrative responsibilities from the IT manager to the DaaS provider," says VMware's Peter McKay, VP and GM of DaaS, End-User Computing. "Processes that come with supporting enterprise desktops such as Windows image management, patching and compliance, application provisioning and help desk support are all opportunities for partners to help their customers simplify their daily management responsibilities through value-added services."
This DaaS solution includes deployment options from Desktone (VMware) and Cisco, and is available through partners including ChannelCloud, Logicalis, Proxios, Netelligent, and Quest in the Americas; Dimension Data in APJC (Asian Pacific, Japan and China); and Adapt and ANS Group in EMEAR (Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Russia).
For more information about Cisco's DaaS solution, head here.
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